JOYFUL LEARNING

SIMON SAYS
Physical movements to revise body parts such as head, hair, forehead, neck, shoulder, chest, stomach, thigh, knees, toes, ankles, arms, elbows, nails, hands, feet, fingers, thumbs and so on. The refrain is Simon says, ‘walk on the line’ or Simon says, ‘touch your cheeks’, Simon says, ‘ sit down’. All greetings and their replies are practiced daily during this activity.

MEAL TIME
During meal time children follow following chores:

  • Washing hands before and after meal with soap.
  • Reciting Bismillah and take meal together.
  • Concept of sharing, offering lunch to each other.
  • To be seated until the meal is finished.
  • Help to clean the table surrounding after mealtimes; a table mat and small towel/ napkin should be provided by the parents.
  • Obviously these cannot be managed perfectly, but it is a pleasure to watch the little ones try to follow these interactions and feel like grown-up.
  • Parents must provide lunch according to child’s preference and weather condition etc and Lunch box must be properly closed and labeled with name of child regularly.

STORY / LIBRARY TIME

  • Daily after mealtime, children clean their hands and mouth and sit in the library corner, go through picture books.
  • The class teacher joins them as soon as she feels the remaining eaters can manage on their own.
  • Story books are read out, often child will bring a favorite book to read out .
  • Story of the week is often the drama enacted the same week.
  • There is a constant turnover of books as and when required during the term for the children.
  • Reference material is abundant, may change depending on the topic in session.
  • It will be highly appreciated if parents contribute at least one book to the class library.

E.P.L EXERCISES

  • Walking on the line: A line is drawn with a chalk and children are asked to balance their gait, walking as straight as possible.
  • This is done daily during outdoor activities also, while coming back from playtime on the outdoor equipment. “Don’t break the line” is sung as they try to follow each other, train like.
  • Washing hands: Reinforced after the sandbox, artwork, after lavatory use & before/ after meals etc.
  • Sponging: Soaking a sponge with water from one tub and squeezing it into the other, excellent for developing finger muscles, for physical coordination of the hands.
  • Pouring water from jug to jug without spilling: strengthening the arm and hand control, enhancing motor skills.
  • Pouring beans from jug to jug without spilling.
  • Picking small things, like pasta shells or beads with the tweezers, it stimulates muscle and motor control development.

FRUIT SHOP
Real fruits and vegetables are brought in, to arrange a shop. The shopkeeper ask which vegetables or fruit would the customer like. The customer asks the price, buys the fruit and vegetables, for example 2 apples, 3 potatoes, 6 bananas; this activity enhances number and general life skills.

ARTWORK

  • Pasting lentils on numbers etc.
  • Paint and a brush usage.
  • Ripping and pasting of letters and shapes cut outs.
  • Free hand painting etc.

RACES
Front, back, bunny, airplane, kangaroo, walking on the line and more are done daily.

VIDEO TIME

  • Cartoons or films related to general knowledge & entertainment are shown.
  • Movies once a week.
  • Cartoons 20 minutes daily.

CHILD’S POSSESSIONS BROUGHT FROM HOME
Sweets, chewing gum, glass bottles and cans, these are all forbidden in the school premises. It is explained that eating such things as sweets on occasions is perfectly justified, e.g when it is a student’s birthday, otherwise it is bad food.

  • Glass bottles and cans are not allowed in school for safety purpose.
  • Toys, pencils, odds and ends which may easily be misplaced during the day are confiscated till dismissal time, causes worry to the child and extra unnecessary care for the teachers.
  • Kindly do not send things other than meals and books.

NATURE & FIELD TRIPS

Apart from leisure trips study trips are part of academia right from preschool where students get to learn through visits of different social institutions and organizations like Banks, GPO, Hospitals, Farms, Telephone Exchange and Grid Station etc.